Chevrolet Series 3100 photo

1954 Chevrolet Series 3100

In the 1920s, General Motors created the Styling Department concept which brought automotive design and engineering to new levels. The new department also turned visionary Harley Earl into one of the industry's star personalities. Earl's protégé, Chuck Jordan, who at the age of 25 was charged with the redesign of Chevrolet's truck line for 1955. Earl's influence on Jordan had a pronounced effect on the new Chevrolet trucks, resulting in more integrated bodywork, hooded headlights, a prominent angle-sided front grille, and a wraparound windshield.

Chevrolet's new 'Task Force' pickups revolutionized future truck designs.

For 1954, Chevrolet gave their popular Series 3100 many aesthetic updates including an open radiator grille filled with a large cross-bar arrangement with the main horizontal bar traveling the entire length of the body. They had rectangular parking lamps and a one-piece windshield without the vertical center molding. Chevy gave their pickups several mechanical changes as well, including a four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission, a more rugged and durable three-speed manual gearbox, and clutch. Vehicles equipped with the Deluxe package were given chrome fender trim strips, painted grilles, and hub caps. The standard finish for all models was Juniper green exterior with Cream Medium striping and black wheels. An additional twelve other colors were available. Another change for the 1954 model year were the reduced loading height of the pickup, due to a reduced frame kickup at the rear axle. With the help of heavier cross-members at the rear of the engine, the frame's rigidity was increased.


by Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2014

Related Reading : Chevrolet Model 3100 History

The Chevrolet 3100 Pickup, or the Advance Design series was General Motors first major redesign following World War II. Delivering a design that was rougher and tougher and more durable than previous designs, the 3100 was much more updated. Launched in June of 1947, these trucks continued in production until March of 1955. The Task Force Series trucks replaced the Advance Design model. From 1947....
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1954 Vehicle Profiles

1954 Chevrolet Series 3100 vehicle information

Pickup

Chassis Num: H54A02191

This 1954 Chevrolet 3100 5 Window Pickup has been given a show-level restoration. It is finished in Transport Blue and has a new interior with contrasting Brown upholstery and new glass. The rebuilt pickup box is fitted with a varnished oak bed floor....[continue reading]

1954 Chevrolet Series 3100 vehicle information

Pickup

Chassis Num: H540016003

This 1954 Chevrolet 3100 5-Window Pickup is powered by a small-block Chevy V8 engine mated to a Turbo 350 transmission.....[continue reading]

1954 Chevrolet Series 3100 vehicle information

Pickup

Chassis Num: H54N025856

Originally built at the Chevrolet plant in Norwood, Ohio, this truck is equipped with the rare Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, which was offered for the first time in a Chevrolet pickup in 1954. The truck was treated to a frame-off restoration th....[continue reading]

Pickup
Chassis #: H54A02191 
Pickup
Chassis #: H540016003 
Pickup
Chassis #: H54N025856 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1954 Series 3100
$1,960-$18,050
1954 Chevrolet Series 3100 Price Range: $1,085 - $1,960

$1,700 - $2,300

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Chevrolet
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)1,462,140
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)1,142,460
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)1,505,910
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)1,567,117
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)1,704,667
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)1,143,561
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)1,346,475
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)818,142
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)1,229,986
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)1,498,590
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)1,010,013

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